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Canon Todd: The Light Born In Darkness

Today, January 6th, is historically the Feast of the Epiphany, a day of obligation in places where still celebrated, and the conclusion of the traditional 12 Days of Christmas. Of course, in the United States and many other countries, the feast (and the obligation to attend Mass) is officially transferred Read More

Too Many Vocations?

By Fr. Brian Fallon | Assistant Director of Vocations Priest shortage? Not in 1800’s Bohemia! Hi, I’m Fr. Brian Fallon from the Vocation Office, and my jaw dropped onto my Roman Collar when I learned St. John Neumann was denied ordination because his home diocese had too many priests! January Read More

Why God Became Man

By Mr. Carl Sommer | Lecturer in Church History & Patristics, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary The Church’s Liturgical Calendar is packed with a great deal of hidden beauty. Nowhere is this more evident than on January 2, the Eighth Day of Christmas by traditional reckoning. This day is also the feast of Saints Read More

Bp. Rice: Mary, Mother of God

The following is the prepared text of the homily delivered by Bishop Edward Rice at a Midnight Mass for the feast of Mary, Mother of God, January 1, 2016 at Holy Redeemer in Webster Groves. Another year has passed into eternity and another year is about to unfold.  This becomes Read More

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Avid sports fans know late December through early January as “the most wonderful time of the year” and not just because of the Christmas holiday. Between mid-December and January 11 more than three dozen nationally-televised college football bowl games are played (including two today which will decide the participants in Read More

Opening Holy Doors of Charity

By Monsignor Jack Schuler | Director of Mission Integration, Catholic Charities of St. Louis On December 8th Pope Francis officially inaugurated the Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy. Normally, Jubilee Years are held every 25 years but the Holy Father has proclaimed an “Extraordinary Jubilee” or Holy Year of Mercy. The year officially began when Read More

Christmas Is All About Me

By Giovanni Madriz | Program Coordinator, Office of Hispanic MInistry This year my Christmas wishes for those I love are all about me. I am pretty sure it’s the same for most of us:  during Christmas the most noble of feelings surface in our hearts and we can be overcome Read More

Protecting the Holy Innocents

Fear and uncertainty sometimes drive people to do the unthinkable. Consider the story of King Herod of Judea, who centuries ago ordered the killing of any boys two years and younger living in the area of Bethlehem. Fearful of losing the throne to a newborn “King of the Jews,” Herod Read More

Mercy and the Holy Family

On this day of Christmas, my True Lord gave to me—the Feast of the Holy Family! Not only is today the annual celebration of this special day honoring Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as the exemplary “domestic church,” the church of the home, but this year, the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Read More